Former MSU coach, AD, trustee George Perles dies at 85

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 13:49:18-05

EAST LANSING, Mich.  — Former Michigan State University football coach, athletic director, and trustee George Perles has passed away. He was 85.

Perles was the head football coach at MSU from 1983-1994, leading the Spartans to two Big Ten titles and seven bowl game appearances. The 1987 Big Ten championship team finished No. 8 after defeating USC in the Rose Bowl.

He also served on the MSU Board of Trustees from 2007-2018 and was the athletic director from 1990-1992.

Perles graduated from the school in 1960 and earned a master’s degree in educational administration in 1961.